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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Water Lady
 
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
 
ALAS, the moon should ever beam
To show what man should never see!
I saw a maiden on a stream,
And fair was she!
 
I stayed awhile, to see her throw        5
Her tresses back, that all beset
The fair horizon of her brow
With clouds of jet.
 
I stayed a little while to view
Her cheek, that wore in place of red        10
The bloom of water, tender blue,
Daintily spread.
 
I stayed to watch, a little space,
Her parted lips if she would sing;
The waters clos’d above her face        15
With many a ring.
 
And still I stayed a little more:
Alas, she never comes again!
I throw my flowers from the shore,
And watch in vain.        20
 
I know my life will fade away,
I know that I must vainly pine,
For I am made of mortal clay,
But she’s divine!
 

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